Steam & Cruise

Steam & Cruise

Full day excursion. Steam & Cruise is the perfect day out if you have children as it has ultimate flexibility - you decide what train and cruise to go on!  From early May to September, this cruise is predominantly on the historic paddle steamer "Kingswear Castle".

Tickets include:

  • Train
  • Ferry
  • Cruise

Full day excursion. The Steam & Cruise is the perfect day out if you have children as it has ultimate flexibility - you decide what train and cruise to go on! (Includes Dartmouth-Kingswear passenger ferry.)

Steam & Cruise

A Typical Day's Itinerary

  1. Train from Paignton - 30 minute train journey to Kingswear
  2. Ferry from Kingswear - 10 minute ferry crossing to Dartmouth but allow 30 minutes beforehand
  3. Cruise from Dartmouth - 60 minute cruise to Dartmouth
  4. Ferry from Dartmouth - 10 minute ferry crossing to Kingswear but allow 30 minutes beforehand
  5. Train from Kingswear - 30 minute train journey to Paignton
  6. Arrive back in Paignton

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The River Cruise departs Dartmouth (where the foot passenger ferry drops you off) daily at 11:00, 12:15, 13:30, & 15:15.

Travel on the steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear, then cross the River Dart on our foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth, where you board one of our boats for a circular River Cruise (approximately 1hr duration) around the river and estuary. The cruise takes you to the mouth of the river passing Kingswear & Dartmouth Castles, Dittisham village, Britannia Royal Naval College and Greenway House – home to the late Dame Agatha Christie. Tell the children to keep their eyes peeled for the varied wildlife that can be seen – Dolphins, Seals, Herons, Egrets, Buzzards and Kingsfisher if you're quick enough!

Please note: the paddlesteamer Kingswear Castle does not operate on Fridays.

On your return to Dartmouth there'll be time to look around, go shopping and have some lunch before going back to Kingswear for your return steam train ride to Paignton. Or if it suits, back to Kingswear for an earlier train to Paignton. All inclusive ticket.

All trips begin by train from Paignton if you are purchasing online. At Kingswear board the foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth. Choose the harbour cruise from Dartmouth that suits you and your party. Back to Kingswear for the return journey to Paignton. This tour can be done in reverse i.e. have your cruise in Dartmouth first followed by your return train trip to Paignton.

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Reviews

  • Highly recommend. - From boarding in Paignton, to alighting the ferry in Dartmouth, this journey has to be the best you can take on the English Riviera. It all goes by too quick. Highly recommend.
  • Nostalgic day out - Had a great day on the steam railway and paddleboat with my family. Fantastic views during the railway trip and equally excellent views, and commentary, during the river cruise. Well worth the cost, friendly and helpful staff.
  • What a splendid day! - Was a lovely trip on the railway, ferry and riverboat cruise. Very good prices and very friendly and good staff - and the adherence to covid rules too!

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